Should You Straighten Your Teeth?

If you’re a kid who had braces growing up, you remember the treatment process. The timetable is long, the braces are uncomfortable, and they’re frustratingly restrictive at times. If you didn’t have braces as a kid, it’s likely because your dentist or orthodontist didn’t see an issue with the development of your teeth and jaw that was major enough to warrant the treatment. As an adult, however, your teeth may have become slightly misaligned or crooked. Everyone’s teeth grow in differently, and they can shift over time. Is it worth it to straighten your teeth? Are braces your only option?

Straightening Your Teeth Can Have a Cosmetic Benefit

For most individuals, the most obvious reason that you would straighten your teeth is for the cosmetic benefits. Crooked teeth don’t look as flattering in photos. A nice, straight set of teeth make for a beautiful smile that can give you confidence. If you’re considering cosmetic dental treatment, you may start with straightening your teeth. Additional cosmetic treatments might not be as effective if they’re being performed on crooked teeth.

Straightening Your Teeth Can Have a Functional Benefit

In addition to the cosmetic benefits for straightening your teeth, this treatment can have a functional benefit as well. Straightened, aligned teeth fit together perfectly, making your chewing motion more efficient. This can also prevent premature wear on some of your teeth, preserving them for longer. Additionally, straight teeth are easier to clean! Crooked, overlapping teeth create tighter gaps between the teeth, which makes flossing and brushing less effective. Your dentist can typically forecast how beneficial straightening will be fore the function of your bite.

SureSmile Aligners Are Discreet

You may have reached a point where you’ve decided that you’d like straighter teeth, but you’re not sure that it’s worth the hassle of braces. Well, braces aren’t necessarily your only treatment option. Depending on the severity of the misalignment, you may be able to use invisible aligners to straighten your teeth. SureSmile Aligners are a clear aligner that you can wear comfortably to straighten your teeth over time without broadcasting the process to the world. SureSmile Aligners are designed to be discreet, and they’re custom-fitted for your mouth specifically.

About Your Lake Orion, MI Dentist:

At Lake Orion Family Dentistry, Dr. Brad Greenfield works to improve patients’ wellbeing, as well as their oral health, and he is proud to offer holistic, 100% metal-free dentistry. To learn more, or to schedule a dental appointment, call our office in Lake Orion, MI, today at 248-693-6213. We proudly welcome patients and families from around Lake Orion, MI, as well as Auburn Hills, Rochester Hills, Clarkston, Oxford, all surrounding communities. Our office also has charging stations for electrical car parking!